You might have noticed that I have a thing for indie games. Not all of them, because ya know, some of them are crap. But, the really interesting, alternative games often come from the indie environment where the focus is on gameplay rather than copying successful titles to get more profits (not gonna name any names).
Which is why, in a move on continued idiocy, Microsoft has proven to me again that I am correct in my loyalty to the PlayStation. The new Xbox One will not allow indie developers to self-publish on Xbox Live Arcade. They must get a deal with either Microsoft Game Studios or a third-party partner. In an interview with shacknews, Matt Booty, general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms said
“I would also expect that for this new generation, that we’re going to continue to explore new business models and new ways of surfacing content. But Microsoft Studios is a publisher that works with a wide range of partners, as do a lot of other people, to bring digital content to the box.”
I suppose I shouldn’t worry. After all, the Xbox One isn’t a gaming console, it’s an entertainment system – why should I expect a range of variety of games to be easily accessible? That’s fine, I’ll stick with the PS4 – Sony is aggressively pursuing indie content, and promoting those games where they can.
Last Updated: May 24, 2013